Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/7/12

Even as defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was appealing his NFL suspension Monday for participating in the Saints' bounty program, it was learned that a signed document was received by the league through the NFLPA that details how he was instructed in 2010 by current and former New Orleans assistant coaches Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams to deny the team had a bounty program.

A copy of the signed declaration was received by Yahoo! Sports on Monday and reported by Jason Cole, who wrote that a source said last week that the NFLPA submitted the declaration with the intention of proving that Hargrove and other Saints players were only following orders by coaches.

Hargrove, now with the Packers, was one of four players who filed for an appeal by Monday's deadline. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, defensive end Will Smith and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita also filed appeals.

But, regardless of intent by the NFPLA, it is questionable that will be helped by Hargrove's signed admission, which was reportedly signed on April 13.

In the document, Hargrove said that on approximately Feb. 24, 2010 he was called to a meeting with Williams and, after initially talking about him starting at defensive end, the conversation centered around denying that the team ever used bounties.

The signed document, a graphic of which was posted by Yahoo, said, in part:

"Williams said he was going to deny the existence of any bounty on any player to the NFL, and I should deny it, too. Coach Vitt also said he was going to deny the existence of any bounties. Coach Williams said: "Those (obscenity deleted ...referring to NFL) have been trying to get me for years," and if we all "stay on the same page, this will blow over."

The NFL's investigation into the bounty scandal cited "multiple independent sources" who confirmed that Vilma offered specific cash bounties for any player who knocked Kurt Warner or Brett Favre out of their respective playoff games during the Saints' Super Bowl run following the 2009 season.

Hargrove, who signed with the Packers this spring after playing for the Seahawks in 2011, was suspended eight games. In its May 2 statement, the NFL reported that Hargrove had been untruthful to investigators about the bounty program, but submitted a signed declaration to the league that established both the existence of the program and his participation in it.

Per the labor agreement between the NFL and the players' association, the appeals will go directly to commissioner Roger Goodell. If his suspension is upheld, Vilma will not be eligible to be reinstated until after the Super Bowl in 2013. Smith was suspended for first four games of 2012 and Fujita for the first three games.

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